Huntmaster Delver

Posted in Feature on June 19, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

Grand Prix Manila this past weekend featured an array of exciting decks tuned to beat the top dogs of the format. One of the most-discussed cards in Standard is Delver of Secrets, and Taipei player Dell Sun brought a different twist on the popular one-drop: Blue-Red-Green Delver! Taking a note out of the Legacy and Modern playbooks, this Standard adaptation caused quite a stir, catapulting the deck into the Top 16.

Some draws this deck is capable of resemble the blue-white menace that so often skitters among the top tables: Delver, Snapcaster Mage, Gitaxian Probe, Mana Leak, Vapor Snag, Ponder, and so on. Starting with the core of one of the best-finishing decks in the format is never a bad place to begin!

However, a cast of red cards make this a little more unique. Pillar of Flame and Bonfire of the Damned provide some additional removal spells. But where things become really exciting is Huntmaster of the Fells! The super-powerful four-drop can help continue an early assault even further, pushing opponents on their back foot. The 2/2 token plus the threat of flipping is powerful—and it's not exactly a creature an opponent will want to Vapor Snag either!

If you're interested in a newer take on the Delver phenomenon, this deck is something to take a look at. View the decklist below, and don't miss the interview with the deck's creator Tzu Ching Kuo on the Grand Prix Manila coverage!

Dell Sun's Blue-Red-Green Delver

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